Fashion, Celebrity Gist

‘Technical Quality in Movie Production has Improved’

A film-maker, Desmond Ovbiagele, on Tuesday said that there had been significant improvement in contemporary technical quality of movie productions in Nollywood, compared to the last few years.

Ovbiagele told the News agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the cinematography, sound quality, special effects have to some extent improved.

He, however, stressed that there was still the need to attain cinema-grade standards in films by producers.

“We cannot have one type of movie in the industry. We must have different types of productions. We need to diversify.

‘Inadequate Fund, Training Inhibiting Nigeria's Film Industry’

A motion picture actor, Samuel Ajibola, has said that lack of formal training, inadequate funds and poor quality thespians had inhibited the growth of the nation’s creative sector.

Ajibola said that the situation was responsible for the production of low quality films when compared to those produced by Hollywood or Bollywood movie makers.

He said, “You cannot compare a film where someone spends $70 million to one that was produced with N4 million or thereabout.

Stakeholders Laud Gambian President for Gifts to Nollywood Stars

The award of plots of land to some Nollywood stars by President Sheik Jammeh of Gambia has continued to receive commendation from stakeholders in the entertainment industry in Nigeria.

The Gambia president recently presented plots of land to some top Nollywood stars.

The gesture, Jammeh said, was a way of rewarding them for “successful act of representing and telling the African story to the world.”

Besides, the offer was to encourage the stars visit and make the ‘Gambia part of their own.’

My New House Costs over Half a Billion Naira, Says Blogger Linda Ikeji

Ace Nigerian blog diva, Linda Ikeji, has said that her newly acquired two-storey luxury house in the exclusive Banana Island area of Ikoyi, Lagos cost her over half a billion naira.

Excited Ms Ikeji, who shared the story on her blog to encourage ladies of the need to be self-made, said, “I bought a two-storey luxury house in the exclusive Banana Island area of Ikoyi...and to be honest, I still can't believe it. It's everything I prayed my house would be.”

Driving the $5 million Batmobile

It's a special kind of terror when you almost crash the Batmobile, CNN reports.

Well, really, it wasn't that close of a call. But then this wasn't just any Batmobile. This was the original.

It wasn't one of those matte black military-looking machines from the movies. It wasn't driven by a brooding and emotionally conflicted Batman with visible emotional scars.

Volkswagen Movie in the Works with Leonardo DiCaprio

The Volkswagen scandal is set to get the Hollywood treatment.

Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way is planning to make a movie about the scandal, basing it on a yet-to-be-written book by New York Times journalist Jack Ewing.

"Appian Way has acquired an option on the rights," Ewing told CNNMoney.

Ewing's agent Marly Rusoff said the book will focus on how a "more, better, faster" ethos fueled one of the "greatest frauds in corporate history." Appian will partner with Paramount Pictures on the movie, she said.

Messi, Father to Appear in Court on Tax Fraud Charges

Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have been ordered to appear in court on charges of defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of more than 4 million euros ($4.5 million).

According to Reuters, Spain's public prosecutor has recommended a jail sentence totaling 18 months and fines of more than 2 million euros for Jorge Messi for allegedly defrauding the state of 4.2 million euros for the years 2007-2009.

Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian Lead Most-followed Instagram Accounts

The ladies of U.S. pop music and pop culture are commanding the most followers among the 400 million plus global users of Instagram.

The photo-sharing app made this known on Tuesday as it celebrated its fifth anniversary.

Facebook Inc-owned Instagram confirmed its top five accounts for the first time with 25-year-old pop singer Taylor Swift leading the pack with 49.6 million users.

Reality star Kim Kardashian, 34, boasts of 48.1 million followers, while R&B singer Beyonce also 34, commands 47.2 million fans.

Abuja Carnival Rebrands as “Nigeria National Carnival”

Abuja Carnival has been re-branded as Nigeria National Carnival to make it more acceptable as a national event and to involve more stakeholders in the carnival.

Grace Gekpe, the Director Entertainment and Creative Services Department of Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation disclosed this in an interview with NAN. The 2015 Nigeria National Carnival will hold from Nov. 21 to Nov. 24.

Jack Ma Sells His Debut Painting for $5.4 million

Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma moonlights as a painter, and his first piece just sold at auction for millions.

Ma painted "Paradise," a round, oil on canvas depicting Earth, with his friend and well-known Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi. The artists coated and dotted the canvas with paint, before using palette knives to scrape the surface.

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